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Lebanon army launches major crackdown on drug factories

Lebanese soldiers stand guard at the Lebanon-Syria border on 28 August 2017 [Muhammed Ali Akman/Anadolu Agency]
Lebanese soldiers on 28 August 2017 [Muhammed Ali Akman/Anadolu Agency]

The Lebanese Armed Forces announced on Friday carrying out large-scale raids in various areas in the Beqaa Valley aiming at storming narcotics manufacturing plants.

The Lebanese Ministry of Interior disclosed last week that it had confiscated a shipment of narcotics on its way from the Port of Sidon, south of Lebanon, to Alexandria in Egypt.

This comes within the framework of the Lebanese authorities' recent efforts to combat narcotics manufacturing and trafficking.

The seizure of a large quantity of drugs smuggled into Saudi Arabia from Lebanon, packed inside vegetables and fruits shipments, ignited a crisis between the two countries, prompting the Saudi kingdom to suspend the import of vegetables and fruits from Lebanon last April.

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun earlier stressed: "Lebanon's keenness to combat drug trafficking and thwart all attempts that harm Lebanon's reputation and its relations with brotherly and friendly countries."

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